TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller 2.0 Review

If you are dealing with stubborn backaches, joint pains, or muscle tension in general, then chances are you could use the Grid 2.0 foam roller. Most people who have used this tool love it because it is extremely lightweight and portable, and considerably cheaper than most other types of exercise equipment.

The GRID 2.0 comes with twice the length of its predecessor: the GRID, and is useful for those who have larger bodies or simply need a more stable working surface.

The GRID 2.0 is ideal for self-massage and working through kinks, knots, and tight muscles that may be pulling you down. It features unique, multi-dimensional surfaces that feel like the hands of a massage therapist. This in turn helps to facilitate the flow of blood and oxygen to where they are needed: damaged tissues.

Features

Patented Design

GRID 2.0 foam rollers are designed with a patented style that provides a better, multi-density exterior built over a firm, hollow core that is resistant to regular usage. This is actually the first time for a multi-density exterior to be built over a hollow core in a foam roller. The patented surface makes the GRID 2.0 perfect for rolling through kinks, knots, and tight muscles.

Durable Construction

The exterior of the GRID 2.0 is a rigid, multi-density EVA, covering a durable, hollow core ideal for recurrent use without compromising its shape and structure. The foam roller can accommodate up to 500 pounds.

Due to its proven durability, the GRID 2.0 has grown to become a favorite among professional athletes, athletic trainers, massage therapists, and physical therapists.

Applying on Specific Parts of Your Spine

There are various ways in which you can lay over the grid to produce different results. This can have several effects on your vertebrae. It aligns joints and tight muscles on your spine, and “widens”, or opens up, the entrance between the vertebrae and the nerves, which might be constricted.

Certain studies have actually shown that when you lay on a foam roller like this, on one of your sides—for instance your LEFT SIDE, the holes on the other side of your spine will expand several millimeters. This can come in handy for those who have constricted nerves as a result of herniated discs, since it literally allows the nerves “to breathe”. At the same time, the GRID 2.0 will stretch out stressed joints and tight muscles in that particular area of the spine.

Pros

Regular use of the GRID 2.0 can lead to such benefits as:

  • Decreased muscle and joint pain
  • Improved balance and mobility
  • Recovery from (or preventing) injuries
  • Increased circulation and flexibility
  • Preparing the body for peak performance

Cons

  • Does not come with an instructional DVD

Comparison

The Grid 2.0 versus The Travel Roller

The travel roller has a smart design and is a great piece of equipment in general. However, when all is said and done, it’s still a travel foam roller. It comes with a smaller diameter that makes it harder to roll on. In a nutshell, the travel roller is mostly convenient for those who travel on a regular basis.

The Grid 2.0 Versus The RumbleRoller

When it comes to durability, the RumbleRoller is just as good as the GRID 2.0. The quandary is that the RumbleRoller is not very appealing to most people. Some people find it too intense when compared to its more versatile and cheaper counterpart.

The Grid 2.0 Versus Stealth Align

Experts are divided on the issue of using a foam roller for the spine, which is where the Stealth Align might come into play. Naturally, it appears like the wings and the channel would support this area adequately. The 8-inch diameter is also decent for efficient rolling. But, in general, the Stealth Align is not as versatile as the GRID 2.0.

Verdict

The GRID 2.0 is extremely useful for back pain. However, you should know its limitations. It won’t play any role in strengthening your back muscles – just relieving the pain. It is a great tool for those dealing with lower back pain as well. In fact, research has proved that lower back pain sufferers usually have weaker multifidus muscles, which need to be strengthened.

You should also know that people with herniated discs have been shown to suffer from a weaker multifidus muscle on the part of the defective herniation. This only aggravates the problem. Our advice is to utilize all the tools at your disposal to get rid of back pain permanently.

Gym goers will also find the GRID 2.0 very useful. After a particularly strenuous workout, muscles tend to get tense and recovery can take a number of days.

Engaging in an intra-workout can improve the recovery time, but you still won’t recover completely. Using this foam roller will help you recover instantly, especially on leg days when you tend to experience delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).